On the territorial evolution of the Australian Federation in the 21st century

Gussen, Benjamen Franklen (2017) On the territorial evolution of the Australian Federation in the 21st century. James Cook University Law Review, 22. pp. 15-39. ISSN 1321-1072


This paper draws attention to the historical territorial evolution of the Australia Federation, and to the potential gains from continuing this evolution in the 21st century. To this end, the paper contemplates the desirability of new Australian States. While the size of states is a function of a number of variables,1 some Australian States can be identified as too large (in terms of area). An analogy with the United States motivates this conclusion. Specialisation and agglomeration gains envisage smaller states, even at the size of conurbations and their hinterland. The paper reimagines conurbations, such as metropolitan Brisbane, as States within the Federation, analogous to Hamburg in Germany, and Vienna in Austria. Creating specially crafted governance units can benefit both cities and regions due to their ability to tailor their policies to their individual socio-economic needs. After canvassing the constitutional and political hurdles, the paper identifies Commonwealth leadership as imperative for the creation of new States.

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Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2017 04:26
Last Modified: 07 May 2018 23:59
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180108 Constitutional Law
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1899 Other Law and Legal Studies > 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220319 Social Philosophy
14 Economics > 1499 Other Economics > 149903 Heterodox Economics
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9402 Government and Politics > 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33502

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